Midcoast Area Events

Thursday 13 September -

Thursday 20 September 2018

'Imagine all the people living life in peace'


 • Poetry Reading with Gary Rainford from His “Liner Notes,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The Swan’s Island poet will perform and discuss ekphrastic poems from his new book, which showcases 64 musicians – from Ella Fitzgerald to Bjork – as works of art.

• Author Katherine Silva at Vose Library in Union, 7 p.m. She’ll discuss her latest projects, which include “The Collection: A Novella,” a period piece described as “Downton Abbey meets American Horror Story.” Free.

• Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.


 • 3rd Annual Lobstermen’s Relief Fund Benefit, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island. At 6 p.m., Portland Americana band Snughouse will play. With an all-day silent auction, boat tie-ups at the local pier, and proceeds from all-day special meals (and 10 percent of regular menu items) going to the Relief Fund. 

• Dave Dodd to Read from Debut Novel, 2:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. He reads from “The Diary,” about 16-year-old Billy Todd, who keeps a record as he starts his new job in the communications department of a midcoast sheriff’s office. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

• Downtown Camden Walking Tour, 4 p.m. This is the season’s last guided foray to historic sites starting at Camden Public Library and ending at Camden Opera House, where walkers may elect to attend a short slide show and building tour. Reserve a spot by calling 236-3440 or just drop in. Donations accepted.

• Author of “Upwards” at Gibbs Library in Washington, 7 p.m. Laurie Apgar Chandler gives a talk about her adventure as the first woman to solo through-paddle New England’s Northern Forest Canoe Trail, traveling 740 miles in a small canoe. The free talk is open to all.

• By the Bay Trio at Rock City Cafe, Rockland, 7-9 p.m. They perform vocal and instrumental arrangements of jazz classics by composers from the Golden Age of American Song as well as Latin rhythm standards.

• Martyn Wyndham-Read at Sail, Power & Steam Museum, Rockland, at 7:30 p.m. The English folksinger performs traditional and contemporary tunes from the British Isles and Australia – including ones he learned from fellow hands during his days working on a sheep station at Emu Springs – in the Rockland Folk Arts concert. $15 ($12 SPSM members) by cash or check at the door.


 • Annual Airport Open House and Lobster Fly-In in Belfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belfast Municipal Airport. Aviation-related community service and educational organizations will be at the event hosted by Belfast Chapter 1434 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. will include eggs, pancakes with Maine blueberries and maple syrup, bacon, juice and coffee for $7. Food trucks will be parked all day. Airplanes from around the U.S. will be flying in, including many home-builts. Free Young Eagle airplane rides for kids ages 8 to 17 will be offered (parental permission required) and helicopter rides will be on sale. FMI: 323-0616.

• Foreign Auto Festival This Weekend at Owls Head Transportation Museum, from Bugatti to Maserati and beyond, the Saturday-and-Sunday show is a transcontinental ticket to jet set through the world of impeccable imports, with no passport needed. $18 admission; free under 18 and for OHTM members. The full lineup of events is at Owlshead.org.

• NorthernRain Band at Saint George River Cafe, in Warren village, from 6 to 8 p.m. The neo-folk, indie rock duo plays.


 • Harvest Celebration at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street (Route 90) in Rockport, from 2 to 4 p.m. Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites everyone to the free family-friendly event featuring garden tours with the Teen Ag Crew, kids’ games, music, produce to eat and pumpkin picking. FMI: 236-2739, JAlbury@mcht.org.

• Dale Hueppchen to Read from Debut Novel at Camden Library, 2 p.m. The protagonist of “The Kid’s Last American Adventure” is artist Adam, who takes his chance to see the country, along with his pal Noah, before cancer ends his life. Copies will be available for sale and signing after the reading.

• Duo Yumeno to Perform in Camden, 4 p.m. in the Friends of Music Concert Series at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street. Koto and shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki offer a fusion of Japanese and Western classical music. The concert is free; donations at the door help sustain the series.

• Documentary Master Class with Alexandria Bombach, Sept. 16-22 at Maine Media Workshops, Rockport. Her feature-length documentary “Frame by Frame” won more than 25 film festival awards and “On Her Shoulders” earned her Best Director kudos in the U.S. documentary category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. FMI: MaineMedia.edu.

• Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., 1:30 p.m. All welcome.


 • Diane Coleman to Discuss “Women Going for It! Taking Risks After 50,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. She will read from her new book of stories about 26 women in their 50s to their 80s, including eight from the midcoast, who have done everything from donating a kidney to a stranger to building schools in Ethiopia. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

• New Singers Welcome to Register for Midcoast Community Chorus, with no audition necessary, at 5 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street in Camden. A rehearsal follows. The chorus of some 150 members from around the midcoast rehearses Mondays at 6:30 p.m. An $80 semester fee covers the cost of music and rehearsal space.

• Sonya Ray Taylor Band at Time Out Pub in Rockland, in the pub’s 7 p.m. Monday Night Blues show. $10 cover.


 • “The Wages of Modernism” to Be Discussed by Two Writers, at 10 a.m. at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta in its free Chats with Champions series. Join Baron Wormser – who most recently penned “Legends of a Slow Explosion: 11 Modern Lives,” about mid-20th-century figures from Rosa Parks to Willem de Kooning, whose lives created ripple effects – and Elizabeth Garber, whose recent “Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter” looks at the life of visionary architect Woodie Garber and the forces in the turbulent 1970s that caused his family to collapse. Wormser and Garber will read from their books and talk about what modernism in the late 20th century was all about for them. The pair will revisit the topic at Belfast Free Library the same day at 6:30 p.m.

• “Understanding the Far East,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Retired U.S. Army Medical Corps doctor Ted Raia describes the four major players whose warring and intrigue over the last two centuries have created today’s Far East. His free talk is offered as a run-up to February 2019’s Camden Conference, which asks: “Is This China’s Century?”

• Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler St., 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. All welcome. FMI: 273-2914.


 • Talk by Tri-County Solid Waste Management’s Manager, 6:30 p.m., Vose Public Library, Union. Dave Stanley describes how the facility that serves Appleton, Liberty, Somerville, Union and Washington helps pay for itself and how it manages the complicated system of recycling and disposing of detritus.

• Tour of Belfast Solar Array, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. See the first municipal solar project in Maine to be built on a former landfill; it’s on Pitcher Road. Following the tour, there will be a meet-and-greet at Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Company. RSVP: 607-279-4143, Stephanie@MaineConservation.org.

• Class on Turning Leftovers into a Delicious Second Meal, 5:30 p.m., Good Tern Co-op’s Hole in the Wall Bagel Shop, 754 Main Street in Rockland. Chef Mimi McGee shows how to make recipes like “Clean the Fridge Soup” and discusses the problem of food waste. The class is part of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink Week, Sept. 17-21, an effort of the co-op, Rockland Public Library and community members concerned about waste in the environment. The library’s website has more info.

• STEM Workshop at Rockland Public Library: “Elephant Toothpaste,” 3:45 p.m. What is exothermic reaction? Join Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie to make giant, foamy, colorful toothpaste, big enough for an elephant, and learn about chemical reactions.


 • Meet People Doing Good in the Community, 5 to 7 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. Reps from the nearly 50 nonprofit organizations receiving 2018 grants from United Midcoast Charities will gather, and the public is invited to celebrate with them and enjoy music by The Right Track, appetizers from Cafe Miranda and a cash bar. The Unsung Hero Award for community volunteer of the year will be announced. Tix are $20 at UnitedMidcoastCharities.org, 236-2299. If there’s space, they’ll be $25 by cash or check at the door.

• Sculptor Steve Lindsay to Talk Granite at Appleton Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library’s Third Thursday Speaking Series. The midcoast artist tells what he learned about the business and its cutting process and tools over the decades that he’s been using granite in his work.

• Farm Labor Activist and Union Leader Baldemar Velasquez in Belfast, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street. WERU Community Radio (89.9 on the dial) and Americans Who Tell the Truth host the visit by the renowned founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. There will also be a panel presentation and Q&A with Velasquez and experts on the rights of agricultural workers, including migrant workers, in Maine. A meet-and-greet starts at 6:15 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door.

• “Five-Year Winter Study of the Birds of Belfast Bay,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Mid-Coast Audubon hosts Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian, who reveal the results of censuses they made between September and April over five years. Photos and info about loons, grebes, ducks, gulls and other winter residents of the bay will be presented. The program is free; donations encouraged.

• Boothbay Food & Music Festival, Sept. 20-22. Three days of festivities kick off with the Claw Down on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. with 10 chefs going toque to toque to make the tastiest lobster bites for the crowd at Boothbay Railway Village. Friday’s dinner dance from 6 to 10 p.m. features Rupert’s Orchestra and decadent dining under the tent at Boothbay Harbor Country Club. Saturday is the Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with inflatable fun, live performances and lots of food at Boothbay Railway Village. Sunday, also at the BRV, stars the Music Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. with four live acts. FMI: BoothbayFoodAndMusic.com.

• Trekkers Invites the Public to Its Fall Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Steel House South, 639 Main Street, Rockland. Everyone is invited to meet Trekkers staff and other volunteers and learn how to get engaged with the outdoor-based, six-year mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. A short presentation on Trekkers starts at 6 p.m. All types of volunteers are needed – from mentors to drivers to website designers.

• Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.


• Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, selling organic and local foods and artisan crafts and goods : Belfast (MFFM), Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. • Belfast (UFMM), Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 18 Spring St. • Camden, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon & Wednesdays, 3:30-6 p.m., 116 Washington St. • Rockland, Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Harbor Park. • Union, Fridays, 3-6 p.m., Union Common. • Waldoboro, Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., Town Office, 1600 Atlantic Hwy.

• “On a Mountain in Maine,” through Oct. 7. “An-drew Wyeth: Temperas and Studies from the Wyeth Collection,” through Oct. 21.

• Appleton Library: • Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for kids of all ages.

• Belfast Free Library: • Story Time Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., babies to age 2 and siblings. • Story Time Fridays, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-4 and siblings.

• Camden Library: • Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 & siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.

• Carver Library, Searsport: • Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

• Gibbs Library, Washington: • Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.

• Liberty Library: • Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and odder kids welcome if not disruptive.

• Palermo Library: • Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. • Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Rockland Public Library: • Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. • Children’s Story Hour & Crafts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Rockport Library: • Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.

• Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: • Toddler Time, Tuesdays. • Book Babies, Wednesdays. • Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.

• Thomaston Library: • Toddler Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. • Family Story Hour, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. • Early Bird Reading & Fun Time, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

• Vose Library, Union: • Story Time, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Different activities for babies, toddlers and older kids.

• Waldoboro Library: • Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.

• Warren Library: • Craft Club Story Time, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. • Lego Club, second and fourth Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

• Giggles and Doodles Kids’ Art Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Art Loft, Rockland. FMI: artloftrockland.org.

• Free Infant Playgroup, Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, 69 Union St., Camden. Newborns-22 months. FMI: 236-4225, peopleplacecoop.org.

• La Leche League of Greater Belfast, second Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 100 Court St., Belfast. Breast-feeding support group. Babies welcome. Free.

• Children’s Clothing Exchange, first Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church, Warren. Free used clothing, newborn-size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.



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